FORTVILLE — They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the Mt. Vernon football team didn’t feel anything but flattened on Friday.
Implementing the same run-heavy formation the Marauders have used to dominate opponents the past two seasons, Kokomo scampered to a 55-7 victory Friday in the season opener.
Out of the double wing-T set, Kokomo backs Bo Baker, Jordan Holloman and Jeron Gray combined for 232 first-half rushing yards on just 24 carries as the Wildkats opened a 35-0 lead late in the second quarter.
“At halftime, I was like, ‘Now I know how those guys felt,’” said Mt. Vernon coach Doug Armstrong, whose team went a combined 20-5 in 2012 and 2013, including a 29-19 win over the Wildkats last season. “It was very reminiscent of what we did last couple years.
“We got double-winged. They’re big, strong with a couple really good backs and they kind of overpowered us for the most part.”
The Kokomo and Mt. Vernon offenses have mirrored one another since Armstrong installed the wing-T at MV in 2011, but the veteran coach changed things around heading into 2014.
He put sophomore quarterback Pete Werner in the shotgun, where he could carry the ball on the option or drop pack to pass – with senior brother and Division I tight end recruit Dan Werner a prime target.
For one series, the new offense showed promise.
With Pete Werner converting a pair of 4th-down rush attempts, including a 21-yard run on 4th-and-1, as well as completing an 11-yard pass to Dan, the Marauders put together a 14-play opening drive.
Getting as far as the Kokomo 35-yard line, the MV attack stalled on a pair of sacks from the Wildkats’ Brevin Beard and a false start penalty.